Halloween is next Tuesday, which means we’ve made it to the end of my themed Halloween week.
The true reason for choosing the theme of mummy this year was to make gingerbread mummies. I’ve seen these pop up on Pinterest every Halloween and it’s one of those “I wish I thought of that” moments. I think they’re completely adorable!
There’s nothing that says you have to use a gingerbread cookie recipe, but it is quite a fun way to transition into the holiday season everyone is really waiting for.
Gingerbread cookies aren’t my favorite, but after this recipe they very well might be! This particular recipe has a perfect balance of ginger and cinnamon, of sugar and spice.
The boys loved helping make these cookies – particularly touching the frosting of every single mummy, forcing us to keep (and eat) all of the decorated cookies for ourselves.
We made a sheet-full of small gingerbread men to turn into mummies with the leftover candy melts I had from the mummy caramel apples. By all means use your favorite recipe for royal icing or a store bought tube of decorating frosting.
We turned the rest of the dough into fun Halloween shapes -bats, cats, ghosts and pumpkins! I shared these non-child-contaminated cookies with my Bible study group.
This recipe makes approximately 4-5 dozen cookies.
- 4 C flour
- 2 tsp ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, at room temperature
- 1 C brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 C molasses
- white candy melts, or other white frosting
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, and salt.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add in the egg, mixing until incorporated. Add in the molasses, mixing until combined. Slowly add in the flour mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Cover and refrigerate a minimum of 4 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Roll the dough to 1/6″ thickness. Cut out gingerbread men and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove cookies to a cooling rack and let cool completely.
- Decorate mummies with frosting.
*This recipe is adapted from https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/gingerbread-cookie-cutouts*